Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in
How would you assess freshman quarterback Perry Hills' performance in the opener?
Jeff Barker: What did the late coach-broadcaster Al McGuire say? "The best thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores."
I like Perry Hills. He seems like a good (and tough) kid, and he'll improve.
He had some rough moments in the opener. He threw three interceptions and overthrew tight end Devonte Campbell in the end zone. Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley said that -- late in the first half -- Hills threw short to Marcus Leak and missed a deep opportunity with Kevin Dorsey. "Kevin was wide open in the end zone on the slant," Locksley said.
But Hills seemed to get better -- and calmer -- as the game progressed.
Patience will be required of Maryland and its fans as Hills matures. If you're a Terps fan, you just hope that Hills gets some help. That assistance could come from the running game to help neutralize the pass rush. Or it could come from Maryland's defense or special teams setting up Hills with prime field position.
If you're a freshman quarterback, you take help where you can get it and are appropriately grateful.
What can Maryland fans expect from Dezmine Wells?
Matt Bracken: With senior point guard Tu Holloway (17.5 points per game), redshirt junior guard Mark Lyons (15.1 ppg) and senior center Kenny Frease (10.2 ppg) on
Wells' numbers -- 9.8 points per game and 4.9 rebounds -- were good for fourth and third, respectively, on the team. Some of his best performances came against Xavier's toughest competition. In a 76-53 win over
There were plenty of noteworthy performances from Wells against
"Xavier goes toe to toe with any program as far as talent and pedigree with what they've done," said Steve Wolf, a former Musketeers co-captain and the team's color analyst on TV broadcasts. "[Look at the] pro players [from Xavier]. I remember David West. Look at him. James Posey. There's a lot of players
that have come through here. One after the other. Once in awhile you can say it's a fluke, but not anymore. [Wells will] do really well in the ACC."
Maryland's banking on Wells to live up to that potential as soon as he's eligible. Wolf said Wells can play shooting guard or small forward, though the 3 is a more natural spot for him. Assuming Wells redshirts this season, Maryland would have a ton of versatility -- Seth Allen (1/2),
It's hard to project exactly how the Terps' roster will look one year from now. This offseason alone
With reports out there that the Harrison twins will attend Maryland Madness at Comcast Center, should Terps fans take that as a sign of the Texas guards are coming to College Park to play next season?
Don Markus: When I saw that
Based on some of the comments Aaron Harrison Sr. made over the summer about his relationship with Turgeon, as well as with Terps assistant Bino Ranson, I thought the Terps were certainly co-favorites with national champion Kentucky -- if not at the top of a list that also includes Baylor, SMU and
Any time high-profile recruits come to a big event such as Midnight Madness, it certainly gives the school an edge by having thousands of fans show the prospects the kind of atmosphere they will be playing in or showering them with the kind of love Maryland fans gave five-star football recruit Stefon Diggs when he showed up for the
The speculation that the Harrisons are headed to Comcast Center after spending last year's Midnight Madness at Rupp has certainly caused a little concern among Big Blue fans in the Commonwealth. Based on a reaction to a story in the Lexington Herald-Leader where Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels said it wasn't that big a deal, many of the fans who responded to the story think it is. I also think what's working in Maryland's favor -- maybe the biggest factor -- is that the Terps wear
I actually think the annoucement this week that Dez Wells is transferring to Maryland -- picking the Terps over Kentucky and Memphis, among others -- helps Turgeon with the Harrisons. The second-year coach is putting together the kind of roster that Maryland fans have seen before at places like
The Harrisons have said that they will announce their decision on their birthday in late October, but also gave indications this summer that they might make it earlier.
Oct. 12 seems like as good a day as any.
By the look of where this seems to be headed, College Park appears to be as good a place as any.